Legendary fitness guru Jack LaLanne, who fueled a healthy lifestyle obsession trend in Hollywood, died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at his home in Morro Bay, California on Sunday afternoon (January 23).
The 96 year-old reportedly exercised every single day of his life until the very end. Jack was married to Elaine LaLanne for more than 51 years. Elaine claims he was an inspiration for many, but also her best friend and confident for the past 5 decades.
“I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for,” Elaine LaLanne, said in a written statement.
“He was amazing,” said 87-year-old former “Price is Right” host Bob Barker. “He never lost enthusiasm for life and physical fitness. I saw him in about 2007 and he still looked remarkably good. He still looked like the same enthusiastic guy that he always was.”
“He laid the groundwork for others to have exercise programs, and now it has bloomed from that black and white program into a very colorful enterprise,” Arnold Schwarzenegger said in 1990.
Jack LaLanne is survived by his wife Elaine and their three children, two sons, Dan and Jon, and a daughter, Yvonne.